Steam a Seam II Lite - Top 10 Tips for Success - Valerie Wilson Fibre Artist

Steam a Seam II Lite – Top 10 Tips for Success

Tackiness and Steam a Seam II Lite

1. Buy the Steam a Seam II Lite (Steam a Seam) on the roll – the sheets in the packages tend to not want to stick to the fabric.

2. Be sure to wash all fabric before using Steam a Seam.  It will stick to the fabric better.

3. If the Steam a Seam will not stick to a particular fabric, place the fusible on the back of the fabric with the release paper on the back.

ie. sandwich = fabric, then fusible with one paper removed (sticky side against the back of the fabric) and the other piece of release paper still in place.

Quickly run an iron over the fabric side of the sandwich. Check to see if the Steam a Seam is sticking to the fabric. If not, then repeat this procedure.

Be careful to not allow the iron to stay in one place too long or the fusible will melt and stick to the paper and the fabric and be a mess!

4. Use Wonderclips, or a similar product, instead of pins. Pins will get all gummy and will leave black glue dots on lighter fabrics!

wonder clip, binding clip

Fusing Steam a Seam II Lite

5. Use steam when fusing for effective fusing.

6. Fusing requires a lot of time (30 sec per section). If you have multiple layers it will take even longer. 

7. Be sure that the faceplate of your iron is clean. You don’t want black marks on your art!


8. If when you are stitching and your sewing machine needle gets too gummed up try going back to the fusing phase.

9. You can clean your sewing machine needle with rubbing alcohol. Put some on a piece of paper towel and rub the needle.

10. Use the right size needle for the thread that you are using. I tend to use finer threads 60 wt to 100wt). The advantage is that the finer needle size leaves smaller holes too.




5 thoughts on “Steam a Seam II Lite – Top 10 Tips for Success

  1. Karen Hvid

    Hi Valerie. Thank you so much for the tips using steam a seam II lite. I only have the package sheets , I will find out if I can get it in roll here. I have learned to fuse thoroughly with steam, but maybe not as long as 30 sec. ar each section. This could be why I experience too much glue on the machine needle. Cheers from Karen Hvid

  2. Suzie Ambrose

    Thanks for the info – I use this product a lot, and over time, have also managed to
    avoid some of these problems. As usual, you are the best resource.

  3. Nikki Cairns

    The Pellon Wonder Under is a fantastic fusible web – leaves the fabric really pliable and does not gum up your needle. It holds well. The only drawback I have found is that the glue needs to set for a few hours before trying to peel the paper backing off. Otherwise a much more user friendly product!


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